How do I open my Xbox 360 power brick?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

To open your Xbox 360 power brick, you will need a few tools: a drill, a screwdriver, and potentially a knife if you prefer to pry off the plastic caps instead of drilling holes. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you through the process:

1. Gather the necessary tools: Make sure you have a drill with a small drill bit, a screwdriver that fits the screws on the power brick, and a knife (optional) for prying off the plastic caps.

2. Identify the plastic caps: Look for the plastic caps covering the screws on all sides of the power brick. These caps are usually located near the corners or edges of the power supply.

3. Drill holes in the plastic caps: Using the drill with a small drill bit, carefully make small holes in the center of each plastic cap. Ensure that the drill bit is smaller than the diameter of the screws underneath the caps.

4. Remove the plastic caps: Once you have drilled holes in all the plastic caps, you have two options to remove them. You can either use a screwdriver to unscrew the caps or use a knife to pry them off. If using a screwdriver, insert it into the hole you drilled and turn counterclockwise to loosen and remove the plastic caps. If using a knife, gently insert the blade under the cap and apply slight pressure to lift it off.

5. Open the power supply: With all the plastic caps removed, you can now proceed to open the power supply. Hold the power brick firmly with both hands and pull on each side to separate the casing. Apply even pressure on all sides to avoid any damage or breakage.

6. Access the internals: Once the power supply is open, you can now access the internals. Be cautious not to touch any exposed electrical components or wires as they may still carry a charge.

It’s important to note that opening your Xbox 360 power brick may void any warranties or support from the manufacturer, so proceed at your own risk. If you’re uncomfortable with the process or unsure about handling electrical components, it’s best to seek professional assistance or contact Xbox support for guidance.

Remember to exercise caution throughout the process and ensure the power brick is disconnected from any power source before attempting any modifications.